Famous Deaths in 1953

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Jan 1st Hank Williams, country singer (Cold Cold Heart), dies at 29

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams
  • Jan 4th Arthur Hoyt, actor (Gold Rush Gertie, Lost World), dies at 78
  • Jan 7th Osa Johnson, American explorer (b. 1894)
  • Jan 8th Heinrich Kaspar Schmid, composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 8th Admiral Sir Hugh Binney, British naval commander and Governor of Tasmania (b. 1883)
  • Jan 9th Hans Aanrud, Norwegian author (Storken), dies at 89
  • Jan 10th Theo Mackeben, German pianist/composer (Golden Cage), dies at 56
  • Jan 11th Ernst H Ridder Rappard, Dutch Nazi founder (NSNAP), dies at 53
  • Jan 11th Marcel Canneel, Flemish painter, dies at 58
  • Jan 11th Noach Zjordanija, Georgian Premier (1918-21), dies at 84
  • Jan 12th Simeon Roncal, composer, dies at 82
  • Jan 13th Paul Niggli, Swiss Mineralogist (crystal structures), dies at 64
  • Jan 15th Viktor Patrick Vretblad, composer, dies at 76
  • Jan 24th [Karl R] Gerd von Rundstedt, gen-field marshal (Normandy), dies at 77
  • Jan 26th Martinus Nijhoff, Dutch poet/interpreter/linguist, dies at 58
  • Jan 26th Athanase David, French Canadian politician and businessman (b. 1882)
  • Jan 28th James Scullin, 9th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1876)
  • Jan 28th Derek Bentley (b. 1933) (executed)
  • Jan 30th Louis H N Bosch van Rosenthal, Dutch resistance fighter, dies at 68
  • Feb 2nd Gustav Strube, composer, dies at 85
  • Feb 4th Alexander Loudon, Dutch diplomat (League of Nations), dies at 60
  • Feb 8th Cliff Clark, actor (Golden Hoofs, Kid Glove Killer), dies at 63
  • Feb 24th Karl R G von Rundstedt, Germ gen-field marshal (Ardennes), dies at 77
  • Feb 25th Jesus Garcia Leoz, composer, dies at 49
  • Feb 26th Elisabeth "Ilse" Kuyper, Dutch/US (opera)composer, dies
  • Mar 1st Anton GO Ridder Van Rappard, painter/lithographer/etcher, dies
  • Mar 2nd Jim Lightbody, American runner (b. 1882)

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Mar 3rd James J. Jeffries, American heavyweight boxer, dies at 77

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries

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Mar 5th Joseph Stalin, Premier of the Soviet Union (1941-53), dies at 73

Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin
Soviet Union Premier
Joseph Stalin
  • Mar 5th Sergei Prokofiev, Russian composer (Peter and the Wolf), dies at 61
  • Mar 5th Herman J. Mankiewicz, American screenwriter (b. 1897)
  • Mar 10th Charles Gordon Curtis, inventor of (Curtis-steam turbine), dies at 92
  • Mar 14th Klement Gottwald, premier/president of Czechoslovakia, dies at 56
  • Mar 17th Conrado del Campo y Zabaleta, composer, dies at 73
  • Mar 20th Graciliano Ramos, Brazilian author (Vidas Secas), dies at 60
  • Mar 22nd James Anderson II, (Jo-Northern Exposure), dies
  • Mar 23rd Raoul Dufy, painter, Forcalquier, France
  • Mar 24th Mary, [Victoria Mary] of Teck, Queen of Great Britain and consort of George V, dies at 85
  • Mar 24th Felix M Abel, French dominican/biblical scholar, dies at 74
  • Mar 24th Mary, queen of Great-Britain/North-Ireland, dies at 85
  • Mar 26th Albert Spalding, composer, dies at 64
  • Mar 27th Narciso Garay, composer, dies at 76

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Mar 28th Jim Thorpe, versatile American athlete (Olympic gold-1912), dies at 64

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • Mar 30th Roderich Mojsisovics-Mojsvar, composer, dies at 75
  • Apr 2nd Jean Epstein, French director (Vive la Vie), dies at 56
  • Apr 4th Carol II, King of Romania (1930-40), dies at 59
  • Apr 4th Rachilde, [Marguerite Vallette-Eymery], French author, dies at 93
  • Apr 6th Idris Davies, Welsh poet (b. 1905)
  • Apr 11th Kid Nichols, American baseball player (b. 1869)
  • Apr 14th Emmanuel K de Bom, Flemish writer (Scheldelucht), dies at 84
  • Apr 20th Erich Weinert, writer, dies at 62
  • Apr 22nd Top Naeff, [Anthonetta van Rhijn-N], Dutch writer, dies at 75
  • Apr 29th Moise Kisling, Polish/French painter (La souris boiteuse), dies at 62
  • May 4th Edward B B Shanks, British poet/critic, dies at 60
  • May 4th Thomas Tertius Noble, composer, dies at 85
  • May 7th Ormerod Pearse, cricketer (55 runs & 3 wkts in 3 Tests for S Af), dies
  • May 11th Jean Adair, dies at 80
  • May 14th Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Japans/US painter/etcher, dies at 59
  • May 16th Django Reinhardt, Belgian musician (b. 1910)
  • May 17th Eric De Lamarter, composer, dies at 73
  • May 18th Tom Killick, cricketer (at the crease 2 Tests for Eng 1929), dies
  • May 19th Damasco Berenguer y Fuste, Spanish gen/min of War, dies at 79
  • May 22nd Vaclav Klicka, composer, dies at 70
  • May 24th Cor Hermus, actor (Bleeke Bet, William of Orange, Jantes), dies at 63
  • May 27th Jesse Burkett, American baseball player (b. 1868)
  • May 28th Hori Tatsuo, Japanese writer (b. 1904)
  • May 29th Man Mountain Dean, American professional wrestler (b. 1891)
  • May 30th George Barnes, cinematographer, dies at 60
  • May 30th Dooley Wilson, American musician and actor (b. 1886)
  • Jun 5th Bill Tilden, tennis champ, dies at 60
  • Jun 5th Roland Young, actor (David Copperfield, Irene, Dulcy), dies at 65
  • Jun 5th William Farnum, actor (Drifter, Scarlet Letter), dies at 76
  • Jun 8th Godfrey Tearle, actor (39 Steps, Mandy, At Dawn We Die), dies at 68
  • Jun 9th Ugo Betti, dramatist, dies
  • Jun 10th Grzegorz Fitelberg, Polish composer, dies at 73
  • Jun 16th Margaret Bondfield, English politician and 1st British female cabinet minister (Labour), dies at 80
  • Jun 17th Walter Niemann, composer, dies at 76

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Jun 19th Ethel Rosenberg, executed at Sing Sing, in 5 tries

Alleged Soviet Spy Ethel Rosenberg
Alleged Soviet Spy
Ethel Rosenberg

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Jun 19th Julius Rosenberg, NYC, 1st US civilian executed for espionage at 37

Alleged Soviet Spy Julius Rosenberg
Alleged Soviet Spy
Julius Rosenberg
  • Jun 20th Hendrik de Man, sociologist (Belgian Working people Party), dies at 67
  • Jun 25th Algy Gehrs, cricketer (6 Tests for Australia 1904-11), dies
  • Jun 29th Jules van Nuffel, composer, dies at 70
  • Jun 30th Elsa Beskow, (Maartman), Swedish author (children's book), dies at 79
  • Jun 30th Gote Carlid, composer, dies at 32
  • Jun 30th Charles William Miller, father of football in Brazil (b. 1874)
  • Jul 1st Azzedine Bey, Tunisian heir to the throne, murdered
  • Jul 1st Jacob D du Toit [Totius], South African poet/theologist, dies
  • Jul 10th Sidney Homer, composer, dies at 88
  • Jul 12th Joseph Jongen, Belgian composer, dies at 79
  • Jul 12th Marie-Alphonse-Nicolas-Joseph Jongen, composer, dies at 79
  • Jul 15th Servant of God Archbishop Mar Ivanios (b.1882)
  • Jul 16th Joseph Hilaire Pierre Belloc, author (Path to Rome), dies at 82
  • Jul 17th Bernhard van den Sigtenhorst Meyer, composer, dies at 65
  • Jul 17th Maude K Adams, US actress (Little Minister), dies
  • Jul 18th Lucy Booth, Daughter of William and Catherine Booth (b. 1868)
  • Jul 20th Dumarsaid Estime, President of Haiti (b. 1900)
  • Jul 20th Jan Struther, British author (b. 1901)
  • Jul 22nd Cy Kendall, actor (Mysteries of Chinatown), dies at 55
  • Jul 26th Nikolaos Plastiras, Greece premier (1945-50, 51-2), dies
  • Jul 31st Robert Taft, (Sen-R-Oh) "Mr Republican", dies in NY at 63
  • Aug 11th Ludwig Strauss, German/Israeli writer (Heimliche Gegenwart), dies
  • Aug 13th Dmitri Arakishvili, composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 15th Ludwig Prandtl, German physicist (b. 1875)
  • Aug 17th Johannes B Tielrooy, literature (French Living Lesson), dies at 66
  • Aug 22nd Jim Tabor, American baseball player (b. 1916)
  • Aug 27th Nicolai Berezowsky, composer, dies at 53
  • Aug 30th Dimitar Nenov, composer, dies at 51
  • Sep 1st Bernard O'Dowd, Australian poet (b. 1866)
  • Sep 2nd Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright IV, U.S. general (b. 1883)
  • Sep 5th Richard Walther Darré, Nazi politician, one of the leading 'blood and soil' ideologists (b. 1895)
  • Sep 12th Frederick Kuys, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1898), dies
  • Sep 12th Lewis Stone, actor (Prisoner of Zenda), dies of heart attack at 73
  • Sep 12th Hugo Schmeisser, German weapons designer (b. 1884)
  • Sep 13th Lewis Stone, actor (Just This Once, Key to the City), dies at 73
  • Sep 15th Jacques Thibaud, French violinist, dies
  • Sep 16th Colin G Fink, US chemist (electro-chemistry), dies
  • Sep 17th Emil Ermatinger, Switz, literature critic, dies at 80
  • Sep 17th Henry Holden Huss, composer, dies at 91
  • Sep 18th Charles de Tornaco, Belgian racing driver (b. 1927)
  • Sep 21st Roger Quilter, British composer, dies at 75
  • Sep 22nd William Brann, cricketer (3 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • Sep 24th Berthold Viertel, writer, dies at 68
  • Sep 25th Dimitur Poljanov, [Popov], Bulgaria poet (Iron Verses), dies
  • Sep 26th Xu Beihong, Chinese painter (b. 1895)
  • Sep 27th Jules-Marie Canneel, Flemish painter/caricaturist, dies at 72

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Sep 28th Edwin Hubble, American astronomer, first to announce existence of other galaxies, dies at 63

Astronomer Edwin Hubble
Astronomer
Edwin Hubble
  • Oct 3rd Arnold Bax, British composer, dies at 69
  • Oct 3rd Arnold Edward Trevor Bax, Brit composer (Coronation March), dies at 69
  • Oct 3rd Arnold Bax, English composer (b. 1883)
  • Oct 3rd Florence Sabin, American Physician, dies at 82
  • Oct 5th Friedrich Wolf, writer, dies at 64
  • Oct 6th Porter Hall, actor (Half-Breed, Double Indenity), dies at 64
  • Oct 8th Kathleen Ferrier, English alto singer, dies at 41
  • Oct 8th Nigel Bruce, actor (Son of Lassie, Spider Woman), dies at 58
  • Oct 13th Millard Mitchell, actor (12 O'Clock High, Gunfighter), dies at 50
  • Oct 18th Douwe Kalma, Fries literature/christian-socialist, dies at 57
  • Oct 18th Federico Gerdes, composer, dies at 80
  • Oct 20th Werner Baumbach, German bomber pilot (b. 1916)
  • Oct 23rd Maurice Lugeon, Swiss geologist (nappism), dies at 83
  • Oct 24th Ernest Irving, composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 27th Zdzislaw Jachimecki, composer, dies at 71
  • Oct 27th Thomas Wass, English cricketer (b. 1873)
  • Oct 29th William Kapell, American pianist (b. 1922)
  • Oct 30th Emmerich Kálmán, Hungarian composer of operettas, dies at 71
  • Nov 4th Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, composer, dies at 89
  • Nov 6th John Parsons Beach, composer, dies at 76
  • Nov 8th Iwan Bunin, writer, dies at 83
  • Nov 8th John van Melle, South African writer (Bart Nel), dies at 66
  • Nov 9th Abdul-Aziz ibn Sa'ud, founder of Saudi Arabia, dies at about 73
  • Nov 9th Dylan Thomas, author-poet (Adv in skin trade), dies in NY at 39
  • Nov 21st Larry Shields, American jazz clarinetist (b. 1893)
  • Nov 22nd Syed Sulaiman Nadvi, Pakistani religious scholar and biographer of Muhammad (b. 1884)
  • Nov 24th George Alexander Russell, composer, dies at 73
  • Nov 24th Robert H Lightfoot, English theologist/exegetist, dies at 70
  • Nov 27th Eugene O'Neill, playwright (Nobel 1936), dies in Boston at 65
  • Nov 29th Alfons Fryland, Austrian actor (b. 1888)
  • Nov 29th Sam De Grasse, American actor (b. 1875)
  • Nov 29th Milt Gross, American comic book illustrator and animator (b. 1895)
  • Dec 2nd Ernest Hayes, cricketer (Surrey bat played 5 Tests for England), dies
  • Dec 2nd Francis Picabia, French painter/illustrator, dies at 75
  • Dec 2nd Reginald Baker, Australian athlete and actor (b. 1884)
  • Dec 4th Daniel Gregory Mason, composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 5th Jorge Negrete, Mexican singer and actor (b. 1911)
  • Dec 6th Konstanty I Galczynski, Polish poet (Zielona Ges), dies at 48
  • Dec 10th Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Indian-born scholar and translator (b. 1872)
  • Dec 15th Kishio Hirao, composer, dies at 46

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Dec 19th Robert A. Millikan, American physicist (Nobel 1923), dies at 85

  • Dec 19th Rudolf Leonhard, writer, dies
  • Dec 20th Henry Horatio Dixon, Irish Biologist (cohesion-tension theory in plants), dies at 84
  • Dec 23rd Lavrenti P Beria, soviet minister of internal security, executed
  • Dec 25th Patsy Donovan, Irish-born American baseball player (b. 1865)
  • Dec 27th Julian Tuwim, Polish poet (b. 1894)
  • Dec 29th Violet MacMillan, American Broadway theatre actress(b. 1887)
  • Dec 31st Albert Plesman, Dutch aviation pioneer/founder (KLM), dies at 64